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Lewek also worked with children
Rochester, N.Y. - From respected psychiatrist - to suspect.
Before his arrest on evidence tampering and possession of cocaine with intent to sell, Dr. William Lewek performed contract work as a psychiatrist for agencies in several counties work that included meeting with children.
13 Wham News has confirmed Dr. Lewek worked with Catholic Family Center through 2012.
He also worked with children through contracts with the Orleans County Department of Mental Health, and Crestwood Childrens Center.
Its just kind of scary and crazy to me that a psychiatrist would end up in this position, said Eric Snyder.
He no longer knows the man who stares back at him from the mug shot taken Friday.
For six years, they worked together at the Mills House- a group home operated first by Crestwood Childrens Center, then by Hillside.
Snyder was the manager.
Dr. Lewek regulated and dispensed medication to troubled children as young as 12.
Its just crazy to me, just working with kids and being in that field- I just want the best for them and I hope that none of this went back to them, said Snyder.
He added that he is stunned to learn what was discovered outside the doctors home and cannot reconcile what was going on inside with man he knew until 2005.
We had a close connection behind closed doors together and Ive been kind of freaked out the last day and a half, he said.
Until recently, John Gerwitz was a patient of Dr. Lewek. They met at the Catholic Family Center.
Over two years time he says Lewek crossed the doctor/patient line twice.
He made me feel uncomfortable a couple of times, said Gerwitz. He said the doctor made comments that were too personal about his physical looks.
Gerwitz says he was never treated inside the Rowley Street home.
I knew he lived an alternative lifestyle and there were always younger men hanging around the porch, he says.
In recent years, Dr. Lewek has lost all of those contracted positions, though the individual providers would not provide information about why.
According to Catholic Family Center, Lewek has not seen clients there since 2012.
A spokesperson from Hillside Family of Agencies told 13WHAM News that Lewek has not seen clients or had a relationship with Hillside since 2007.
A statement from Orleans County said: "Dr. Lewek was contracted to provide professional services in Albion at the Orleans County Mental Health Clinic from August 27, 2002 to January 12, 2011."
He appeared to be relying increasingly on his private practice to mainly treat people with addictions.
Now that practice is at the center of a police investigation.